Kolkata, (TNIE): Calcutta High Court judge Justice Chinnaswamy Swaminathan Karnan has found Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and six other Supreme Court judges guilty under Section 3, subsection (1)(m), (r) and (u) of the SC/ST (Prevention) of Atrocities Act, 1989.
He has ordered five-years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine each for discriminating against him on the basis of his caste. He also ordered the seven judges to pay him an amount of Rs 14 crore for Suo Motu Contempt Petition No. 1 of 2017.
The high court judge further directed Delhi Police to arrest the seven Supreme Court judges and the accused to pay the fine to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) within a week.
Last week Karnan refused to undergo a medical examination in violation of the apex court order, stating in a written statement that he is absolutely normal with a stable mind. He sent back the four-doctor medical board team, who were assisted by Kolkata police personnel, from his residence in New Town, Kolkata. The team was ordered by the Supreme Court to submit the medical report of Justice Karnan by May 8. He also directed the Union and State governments not to accept the services of the SC judges and ordered them to surrender their passports.
He also ordered the Immigration Authority not to issue visas to the accused to travel abroad, the Calcutta HC judge directed from his makeshift residential court here on Monday.
(The featured image at the top is that of Kolkata High Court judge C.S.Karnan)